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Jessica L. McKnight

Associate Attorney


Jessica McKnight joined Hanft Fride as an Associate Attorney in March 2023. She is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Prior to attending law school and joining Hanft Fride, Jessica worked for almost a decade for a software company, where she was able to see firsthand how the legal world and the business world come together. This motivated Jessica to pursue her legal education.

During law school at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, Jessica served as the Production Editor for the South Dakota Law Review for two years. She was also the Treasurer for the Business Law Society and a member of Women in Law during her time at law school.


Bachelor of Arts, South Dakota State University

Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State University

Master of Arts in Old Testament Theology, Sioux Falls Seminary

Juris Doctor, University of South Dakota School Knudson School of Law in Vermillion, South Dakota


Minnesota State Bar Association

North Dakota State Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, Law Review – Production Editor

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, Business Law Society – Treasurer

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